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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is the former home of local industrialist James Deering. It comprises over 10 acres (4.046 hectares) of land that follows the coastline. The complex features waterfalls, pools, fountains, and lovely gardens. The beauty of this place makes it a very popular local attraction. The museum also includes a cafe and garden.
This museum provides a very colorful look at the people and events that shaped South Florida. Native Americans, European explorers and early pioneers all played a part in creating what we see today. This museum covers the entire fascinating heritage of the region, from the docks and cigar factories of old Key West to the glamor of the Art Deco era. Come February, HistoryMiami hosts the annual Miami International Map Fair.
Occupying a striking historic building from 1939, this museum offers an in-depth look at the historic and cultural factors that have shaped the city over the years. From architecture and town planning to art, the museum touches upon numerous topics through its exhaustive exhibits. The museum also has numerous educational programs for children and welcomes school visits. The beautiful museum complex comprises a host of regal spaces which can be rented out for private events.
This landmark building located in the center of Miami is especially important to Cuban residents. During the 1960s, it was the processing center for nearly half a million Cuban refugees. Designed by George A Fuller, Schultze, & Weaver the Freedom Tower was established in 1925. Prior to its stint as a Cuban refugee center, the Freedom Tower housed the Miami News. The Freedom Tower is home to MDC Museum of Art + Design. Visitors to the landmark can peruse beautiful artworks exhibited at the museum.
This is the historic boyhood home of George Merrick, the founding father of Coral Gables. In the 1920s, Merrick designed many of the elegant mansions that can be found in this tree lined, upscale neighborhood. Take a guided tour through the house constructed of coral rock or wander on your own around the lovely gardens and grounds. The home contains many of Merrick's original furnishings and gives a glimpse of South Florida life during this period.
This non-profit museum is dedicated to celebrating and preserving Haitian culture and heritage in an area with the largest population of Haitians outside of Haiti. The museum features a collection of Haitian art, artifacts, music, film, and literature. Visitors are welcome to come in and view the exhibits, or they can check the calendar for special exhibitions and events, such as the annual "Renaissance Cocktail" Gala or Haitian Heritage Month, also known as the "Month of May."
Nestled in two historic synagogue buildings that have been restored, the Jewish Museum of Florida is one of its kind in the state. Explore the more than 250 years of Florida Jewish history through the exhibits, arts and culture. Mosaic: Jewish Life in Florida is its permanent exhibit, with additional exhibits visiting throughout the year. A unique museum that gives a glimpse into the lives of the Floridian Jews, their heritage and culture.
This is a relatively small park, but it is home to a bird and animal sanctuary, nature trails, and a museum/nature center containing Indian and pioneer artifacts. Miami-Dade Parks' naturalists conduct free tours regularly. This tranquil park is perfect for a quiet picnic among the trees or a stroll across the limestone natural bridge that was once part of an Indian trail. Attendants at Arch Creek Park and Museum offer a variety of special programs for both children and adults.